Saturday 6 March 2021

Is that a Bishop in your pocket?

 Under the Laws of Chess for Rapid and Bitz, after 10 moves from the start 'no claim can be made regarding incorrect set-up or orientation of the chessboard'. This is more likely to occur if the pieces are arranged incorrectly (eg king and queen on wrong squares), but it may also involve missing or additional material.

I'm not sure how this happened today at Street Chess, but there was one game that started with an additional bishop on d2 (which was cleverly disguising itself as a pawn!). It was noticed after 3 moves (when one player wanted to play d3) and was easy to fix. But I did point out to the players that in the unlikely event that it wasn't noticed until move 11, it would have to stay on the board.

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